1989 Rover - Austin Metro Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1989 Rover - Austin Metro Studio 2 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

The gearbox meshing and the exhaust front box.

General Comments:

A decent car but lacks refinement.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th October, 1998

1989 Rover - Austin Metro City 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

I had the car just under two and a half years (56K - 77K miles). In that time I think I must have replaced everything.

First off the usual things like 4 new tyres, exhaust, battery, wheel bearings etc. Towards the end the clutch was in need of a replacement.

In addition to these I had 4 (yes 4) altenators, ignition coil, new gearbox, engine rebuild, heater matrix and other misc items. It didn't help that someone ran up the back of me causing more damage.

General Comments:

The car was in top condition body wise when we bought it and apart from some minor rust around the petrol tank neck it stayed that way.

Being the city model, the interior was sparse (not even a radio as standard). I thought that the build quality was nothing special, but I have seen worse. Nice interior cloth though!

Performance was poor, but OK considering its tiny 1 litre engine. Fuel economy wasn't bad (250 - 280 miles on 30 litres), although my 1.6 Cavalier can easily do that.

Rover parts are not cheap, but Metro parts are ten a penny at any scrap yard.

I don't think I would buy another Metro, but I don't think I would buy any small car again. I would however recommend the Metro, despite my problems with it as our other Metro of the same age hasn't had any mechanical faults at all to speak of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

9th Feb 2002, 14:31

I had a Limited Edition, it had extras like doors, windows, a heater, oh and a clock, oh sorry it didn't have one, what was Limited Edition???

Extra rust??

Loads of power when you need it NOT!!!

Don't waste your money, don't buy a Rover anything!!

Ste (got a Fiesta)

1989 Rover - Austin Metro City 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10

Faults:

Everything you could ever think of.

This car is absolute rubbish.

General Comments:

New Rover models are much better, and I'd buy one of those. But these British Leyland relics are tinny, noisy and uncomfortable. The worst thing is the number of things that went wrong, especially on such a low-mileage car (21K when I got it). Rubbish. Avoid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 1998

1989 Rover - Austin Metro MG Turbo 1.3 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.3 turbo petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

As soon as I bought the car, it ran out of petrol, then during the year I've had the gearbox & clutch, brakes, front suspension & steering have been fixed.

General Comments:

This is my second MG Metro, my first one was written off. :-( However, this one isn't as immaculate, hence the repair bills, but it still drives like a fun go-kart with loads of welly! :-D

I don't care if it's noisy, or that it rattles, I give it 10 out of 10 for pleasure to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 1997

25th Jan 2001, 10:30

I know the feeling well! Love showing up BMWs in mine, but now need a new carb :-(

16th Apr 2001, 12:26

I have owned a MG Metro Turbo for 6 years now, owning a MG Metro before this. The car is a 1988 model in white. I bought it for 1500 quid with 35,000 miles. It was imaculate though in the first year needed 2 melted pistons replacing, and a gear box.

Though the car never had a day without a fault I love driving it and will keep it until it can be fixed no more.

I would not recommend anyone buying one as you will be addicted to it for ever.

11th Dec 2002, 17:42

Fun factor on the MG Metro's and GTi' 10/10 :D

17th Mar 2005, 11:12

I put a race engine in mine and it will out accelerate a siera cosworth. Only major problem is the gearbox which has been rebuilt twice.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 22 reviews